Bulldogs look to improve on last year's turnaround

Kyle Riviere
The Bulldog defense looks for improvement after giving up 26 points a game last year. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

It was a huge turnaround last year for the Ascension Catholic Bulldogs, and now they're ready to take the next step.

Ascension Catholic came into last season desperately seeking improvement after finishing with a losing record in 2011. To remedy the problem, they brought in long-time St. Amant head coach Doug Moreau.

In his illustrious coaching career, Moreau's win total has neared 200. When he joined the Bulldogs, he got right down to business.

Ascension Catholic had a resurgent 2012--finishing 7-3 and making a playoff appearance.

They were knocked out by Westminster but with so many great players coming back this year, the Bulldogs have their sights set on the district title and a deep postseason run come November.

Last season, the Bulldogs' offense was surprisingly potent--averaging 35 points a game. With so many starters returning to the unit, it should be even more explosive this year.

Ascension Catholic will lose first-team all-district lineman Alex Sotile, but they'll bring back Dylan Blanchard and Luke Albarado.

And the Bulldogs won't have to worry about breaking in a new quarterback. They'll bring back D.J. Latino as their signal-caller after being a first-year starter last season.

Latino will lead Ascension Catholic's flexbone attack with a trio of viable options to give the ball to. First-team all-district running back Jaquel Wade, the versatile Patrick Butler and Kenneth Dominique will all get ample opportunities to showcase their explosiveness week to week.

Grant, Butler and Dominique will also be huge for the Bulldogs on the other side of the ball.

Grant and Dominique will highlight the secondary while Butler will be back at linebacker--where he earned first-team all-district honors last year.

It is defensively where the Bulldogs will need the most improvement. Though they scored 35 a game last year, they gave up 26 per contest.

It won't help losing Thomas Gros and Matt Reed, but their defensive line looks formidable with the return of the big and talented defensive end Delmond Landry--who will now transition to nose tackle. Landry will be joined on the defensive line by Jamar Walker and Albarado.

The schedule will be a tough one for Ascension Catholic--especially when it comes to the district tilt.

They'll face Dunham, Christian Life and Episcopal outside of the league, and they'll be forced to battle with West St. John and White Castle for superiority in the district.

The Bulldogs will officially begin their season on Sept. 6 when they travel to New Roads to face Catholic High of Pointe Coupee.